Leo Tolstoy, “The Devil”


The most personally revealing—and startling—fiction Tolstoy ever wrote


The Devil is a novella by Leo Tolstoy. It was written in 1889, given an alternative ending in 1909, but published only posthumously in 1911. Like Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata, written around the same time, The Devil deals with the consequences of sexual emotion. It may be the most personally revealing—and startling—fiction he ever wrote. He thought it so scandalous, in fact, that he hid the manuscript in the upholstery of a chair in his office so his wife wouldn’t find it, and he would never allow it to be published in his lifetime.


The translation is by Aylmer Maude (1926).


Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian author, is a master of realistic fiction and one of the world’s greatest novelists. He is best known for his two longest works, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, which are commonly regarded as among the finest novels ever written.


  • Publisher: Intra S.r.l.s. (February 28, 2022)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • ISBN-13: 979-1259913456
  • Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.23 x 8 inches
  • Price: $ 9,99 and € 9,99 (paperback), € 3,99 (ebook Intra)

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